Books, Maps & Ephemera

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Friday 05 July 2019

Commencing at 12:00pm

Bedford Auction Centre


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In addition to our monthly auctions of Antiques & Collectors’ Items, we have developed a calendar of specialist Book auctions providing a more specific marketplace for vendors and buyers

Already Consigned

Bullokar : An English Expositour Or Compleat Dictionary Teaching the
Interpretation of the Hardest Words, 1667
Richmal Crompton – A Collection of ‘William’ titles including 1st. Editions.
Nichols : The Quantocks, 1873. Privately printed. Scarce
Graves : Clinical Lectures on the Practice of Medicine, 1848.
Tedeschi Nicocolo : Abbatis Panormitani Commentaria, 1582.
Massachusetts Register and United States Calendar,  1828.
Christaller : Dictionary of the Asante and Fante Language Called Tshi, 1933.
Gell : Narrative of a Journey in the Morea, 1823.
Humphreys : The Genera of British Moths,  1860.
‘Proclamation by the G.O.C. – in – Chief in Mesopotamia to the
People of Iraq, on the successful conclusion of the Hostilities against the Turkish Armies.
Baghdad,  November 2nd. 1918. Original document.
The German Raid on Scarborough,  December 16th. 1914.
Zeppelin  – Weltfahrten, 1932.

To Include: Sports books, travel & topography, aviation & military, maps & prints, childrens books, modern first editions, historical documents etc.

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Books, Maps & Ephemera

North T.: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romains, 1631. First English translation of Plutarch's work. Bound together with: The Lives of Epaminondas, of Philip of Macedon, of Dionysius and Caesar Augustus, 1631. Large folio. Later qtr. binding, marbled boards. Elaborate engraved headpieces framing portraits, endpieces and historiated initial letters

Sold for £750

Gardner J.: A Map Shewing the Parliamentary Representation of England & Wales Containing Division of Counties, Principal Places of County Election, County Polling Places according as the same are settled by the Reform Act passed June 7th. 1832 Published July 30th. 1832 by J. Gardner. Engraved title, 2 inset panels comparing old and new representation and one panel shewing Metropolitan Boroughs.75x52cm

Sold for £220

W.E. Johns: Biggles. A collection of 15 Hodder & Stoughton 1st. Edition titles from the 1953 to 1965. Biggles in the Gobi & Biggles and the Black Raider, 1953; Biggles Cuts It Fine & Biggles Foreign Legionnaire, 1954; Biggles in Australia, 1955; Biggles Makes Ends Meet, 1957; Biggles on Mystery Island, 1958; Biggles' Combined Operation, 1959; Biggles Goes Home, 1960; Biggles Sets a Trap & Biggles Goes Alone,1962; Biggles and the Plane That Disappeared & Biggles Takes a Hand, 1963; Biggles and the Black Mask, 1964; Biggles Looks Back, 1965. All with dust - wrappers.

Sold for £750

W.E. Johns: Biggles: A collection 9 Brockhampton Press 1st. Edition titles from the 1960s - Biggles and the Leopards of Zinn, 1960; Biggles and the Poor Rich Boy, 1961; Biggles Takes it Rough, 1963; Biggles Investigates & Biggles and the Lost Sovereigns, 1964; Biggles and the Blue Moon, 1965; Biggles in the Terai & Biggles and the Gun Runners, 1966; Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea, 1968. All with dust -wrappers.

Sold for £1,400

Burton R.: A plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, now entitled The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Sixteen volumes (ten volumes plus six volume supplement). Benares, printed by the Kamashastra Society for private subscribers only, 1885-1888, 1st. Edition. Very good, near fine set in a qtr binding, gilt, teg, marbled eps

Sold for £650

Autograph Album, probably once the property of Rana Taggart, soprano vocalist, featuring the autographs of some well known 19th./20thC.composers and soloists who have frequently supplemented their signatures with musical notation and verse or prose. Celebrities and soloists included are Humperdinck, Fanny Davies, Joachim, Steinbach, German and Nellie Melba. There are other signtaures which are as yet indistinct. The album also includes some accomplished sketches and water colours together with loose period photgraphs. Together with one other smaller album containig the autograph of Eddie Calvert & others.

Sold for £400

Prisoner of War WW2 Archive. A collection of documents & photos relating to Robert William Chaston, an RAF Pilot Officer whose bomber aircraft was shot down over Germany 23.8.43. He was then held as a Prisoner of War. The archive includes a 'scrap book/album' compiled by his parents during his imprisonment which features official correspondence relating to the loss of his aircraft and his eventual capture, Red Cross letters, official POW correspondence, photos of aircrew and colleagues. Also included is a contemporary map indicating the location of POW camps in Germany.

Sold for £440

William Morris and Company (Ruskin House) Ltd: Metal Casements, Stained Glass, Decorative Ironwork. C. 1923. Folio in a coarse, light brown, buckram binding with a black printed design on the upper boards. Substantial paper and brown card leaves together with glazed pages and colour plates, illustrating available stock in the three categories together with measurements and price lists. Scarce and in very good condition.

Sold for £480

Late Victorian photograph Album, C.1895, featuring the original work of an amateur photographer. Locations include Windsor & other districts in London including the River Thames together with rural areas like Ragdale. Possibly a unique 'period' record of life and times.

Sold for £420

Gary Larson: The Complete Far Side, 2003. 1st. Edition. Signed, limited edition 1890/2000. Vols. 1 & 2, Folio, full maroon leather binding, gilt with colour pictorial onlay, aeg. Signed certificate of limitation bound in as frontis. Colour and black and white cartoon illustrations in chronological sequence 1980 - 1994. Both volumes housed in a two tone fabric lined drop-down box. Published with each set was an additional full-sized colour print signed by Larson with the same limitation number. Scarce and near fine.

Sold for £600

Noel Humphreys: The Genera of British Moths, C. 1860. Vols. I & II bound as one. (Jerrard). Small folio in a mauve cloth binding with gilt illustrations, bevelled edges, aeg. 62 hand coloured plates heightened with gum arabic.

Sold for £600

BBC 'Radio Times' Archive. A collection of 180+ copies of the Radio Times featuring editions from the 1920s, 30s (including Sept. 4th. 1939 & other special Editions),40s, 50s & 60s, together with 8 editions of 'Ariel the B.B.C. Staff Magazine' from 1937,38 & 39; Two mounted,framed & glazed colour reproductions of significant Radio Times covers featuring designs by Fraser, Kauffer & Gilroy and others); a boxed set of postcard reproductions of classic RT covers and the volume 'Cover Story' - 9-0 Years of Classic Covers. Also included with this archive are 40+ copies of 'TV Times' from the 1950s.

Sold for £550

Burton R.: Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo, 1876. 1st. Ed. Vols. I & II. 8vo. Fine full calf prize bindings, gilt, marbled edges & eps. Text, engraved plates & two folding maps.

Sold for £900

Championship Car Races at Snetterton: 19 Original, 1960/70s, larger format, coloured Posters of events featuring Formula categories, Saloon Cars, Racing cars, Club racing, Grand Touring cars & Vintage cars. Also included are posters from Silverstone & Brands Hatch. For provenance see condtition report.

Sold for £380

Norfolk and Suffolk Photographic Archive comprised of 120 + monochrome prints from late 19th. or early 20th.C. negatives (21.5 x 16.5 cm) featuring Runcton House (Gurney family home), other significant family residences in the area, groups or individuals associated with them, locations in Kings Lynn and on the river Yare together with other photographs froma wider area. Consult the online condition report for a detaile description

Sold for £700

In Powder & Crinoline - Old Fairy Tales - retold by Arthur Quiller - Couch, Illustrated by Kay Nielsen, 1913 - 1st. trade edition. Qto. Recent full calf binding, gilt. Original illus. ep at front. Tipped in colour plates by Nielsen with captioned tissue guards

Sold for £400

Grimms Fairy Tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham First Edition,1909. Qto. red cloth with gilt pictorial decoration to spine and upper board. Tipped in colour plates with tissue guards & other black plates and vignettes.

Sold for £460

Oscar Wilde: A House of Pomegranates illustrated by Jessie M. King, 1915, first edition thus. Qto. Hb. Blue cloth with orange colour decoration, illus. eps., teg. Glazed paper colour title page, tipped in colour plates, historiated initials.

Sold for £500

C.S. Lewis: Broadcast Talks, 1942. 12mo Hb. Affixed to the front paste-down of the volume is a letter written by Lewis from Magdalen College - '' Dear Mr. Hubble, Forgive this economy of paper, I can't at the moment do otherwise. The Talks will be published, probably by Centenary Press but it is too early yet to give any details. I hope they may be in their Autumn lists. Thanks for kind and encouraging letter, Yours sincerely, C.S. Lewis.''

Sold for £440

Thomas Childs - Engineer & Amateur Photographer: Manuscript 'Chinese' Journal - '' Thos Child's Diary 1869, From September 9th to August 27th. 1870, Containing an account of my voyage from London to Peking.'' Together with: ''The Diary of Thomas Child - Years Residence in China, Vol 1. 1870.'' Two small leather bound volumes (Foolscap 8vo) containing manuscript entries for both accounts

Sold for £6,800